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How Manchester United could line up against Everton

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up against Everton as they look to bounce back to winning ways following their Champions League exit. Manchester United take on Everton at Goodison Park this weekend knowing that they can ill-afford any more slip-ups in the top-four race. Following their midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona, the Premier League is now the only remaining route into next season’s competition for the Red Devils, but they are currently losing the race. Two points separate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side from the top four, and their run of five defeats from their last seven outings is threatening to derail the good work they did in the immediate aftermath of the Norwegian’s arrival. Here, Sports Mole looks at how United could ...

Manchester United team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Everton

Sports Mole rounds up Manchester United’s latest injury and suspension news as they attempt to bounce back from their Champions League exit when they face Everton on Sunday. Manchester United must dust themselves off following their midweek Champions League exit as they resume their efforts to qualify for next season’s competition away to Everton on Sunday. The Red Devils find themselves playing catch-up in the top-four race with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea all above them in the standings and two points separating them from the final Champions League spot. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men have lost five of their last seven games across all competitions and face an Everton side that has taken points off Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in recent weeks, but United know t...

Paul Scholes: ‘Manchester United cannot afford to lose Paul Pogba’

Paul Scholes says that Manchester United will be losing their “best player” if they allow Paul Pogba to join Real Madrid this summer. Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has warned his former club that they cannot afford to lose Real Madrid target Paul Pogba during the summer transfer window. The France international has publicly flirted with the La Liga giants and Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has done little to play down a move. Several players are expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, with Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia all out of contract. However, Scholes is more concerned about the future of Pogba, who scored two more penalties in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Ham United to take his goals tally for the season to 16 in...

Manchester United team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Barcelona

Sports Mole rounds up Manchester United’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second leg against Barcelona. Manchester United face a quick turnaround in matches as they take on Barcelona just three days on from grinding out a 2-1 win against West Ham United. Paul Pogba netted twice from the penalty spot to keep the Red Devils on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League. Next up for United is a trip to Camp Nou for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie, which they trail 1-0 from the first leg. Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s team ahead of their showdown in Catalonia. © Reuters Status: Slight doubtType of injury: IllnessPossible return date: Apri...

Combined XI: Barcelona vs. Manchester United

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Barcelona and Manchester United ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie. Barcelona and Manchester United meet at Camp Nou on Tuesday night for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. It will be the 13th time the heavyweight clubs have faced off in a competitive fixture, with Barca winning five and losing three of those. The Catalan giants have come out on top in each of the last three encounters, though, including a 1-0 win in the first leg at Old Trafford. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Arguably the toughest choice of all to make is in goal. David de Gea is widely considered by many to be the best goalkeep...

Preview: Barcelona vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Barcelona and Man United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to the scene of his greatest triumph on Tuesday night, aiming for a repeat of the 1999 Champions League final when Manchester United take on Barcelona at Camp Nou in a blockbuster quarter-final second leg. United’s recently-appointed manager scored a memorable late goal against Bayern Munich to win the second of three European Cups for United, and his side require a result of similar magnitude two decades on as they trail Barca 1-0 from the opening 90 minutes. Barcelona © Reuters Barcelona did not really get out of first gear in last Wednesday’s first leg at Old Trafford, but nor did they have to. Ma...

Manchester United ‘want Paul Pogba to become permanent captain’

Manchester United are ready to hand Paul Pogba the captain’s armband on a permanent basis, according to a report. Manchester United are reportedly ready to hand Paul Pogba the captain’s armband on a permanent basis in a bid to convince the France international to remain at Old Trafford. Antonio Valencia is United’s first-team skipper, but the Ecuador international will leave on a free transfer this summer, meaning that a new captain will need to be appointed. According to The Mirror, head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Pogba to lead the team going forward, but the club still face a tough task convincing the 2018 World Cup winner to stay in England. Indeed, Real Madrid and Barcelona continue to be linked with the 26-year-old, who has a contract at Old Trafford until the ...

Manchester United to offer new deal to Matteo Darmian?

Manchester United are reportedly prepared to offer a new long-term contract to defender Matteo Darmian. Manchester United have reportedly decided to change their stance regarding defender Matteo Darmian. The Italy international is nearing the end of his fourth campaign at Old Trafford, but the 29-year-old is known to be in favour of a return to Serie A. The versatile full-back has also only made six outings in all competitions this season, and it has been suggested that a transfer will take place in the summer. However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, United are ready to offer Darmian a new four-year deal in the coming months. The report suggests that the development is partly due to United being keen to avoid losing the player on a free transfer with his existing deal expiring in 2020....

Preview: Manchester United vs. West Ham United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and West Ham United. After tasting defeat in four of their last five matches, Manchester United will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they take on West Ham United in the Premier League. The Red Devils’ top-four hopes are looking bleak following defeats to Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers, either side of victory over Watford, and they could do with getting three points on the board this weekend. Man United © Reuters © Reuters As well as seeing their Premier League campaign derail over the past month with those back-to-back away losses, United have also exited the FA Cup to Wolves and trail Barcelona 1-0 following the first ...

Preview: Manchester United vs. Barcelona – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg between Manchester United and Barcelona, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Two of football’s biggest clubs collide on Wednesday night when Manchester United host Barcelona at Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. United produced a memorable comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to reach the last eight against all the odds, whereas five-time champions Barcelona eased past Lyon in the previous round. Man Utd © Reuters It was at Barcelona’s stadium that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed his finest moment as a Manchester United player, scoring a last-gasp winner to seal the Champions League title – and the treble – for his side 20 years ag...

Four players miss Manchester United training session

United are gearing up for Wednesday’s showdown with Barcelona. Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia were conspicuous by their absence as Manchester United trained on the eve of their Champions League quarter-final meeting with Barcelona. A week after losing 2-1 at Wolves in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side are preparing to bounce back when Barca visit Old Trafford for Wednesday’s first leg. Herrera, Bailly and Valencia missed United’s last match through injury and look set to be unavailable once again, with the trio absent from the open part of the session at the Aon Training Complex. The lads have arrived for training… #MUFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/tDgg5V7vqh — Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 9, 2019 Matic was an unused...

How Manchester United could line up against Barcelona

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Barcelona. Manchester United welcome Barcelona to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening for arguably the pick of the Champions League quarter-final ties. The Red Devils have stuttered in recent weeks but the feel-good factor still remains following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who masterminded the incredible last-16 comeback away to Paris Saint-Germain. After a full week’s rest between games, United will know the importance of taking a positive result into the return match at Camp Nou next Tuesday. Ahead of the sides’ first meeting since the 2011 final, which Barcelona won 3-1, Sports Mole looks at how Solskjaer could set out his side. Out: Alex...

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